FIU vs. UCF Actually Matters

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Unless you're an Owl or an Ibis, you're probably pretty happy with your Division I FBS Florida football team right now. UF, FSU, USF, FIU and UCF all enter week three with a 2-0 record, and all but one has big game this weekend.

Sure, you might be revved up as the Gators take on their first SEC challenge of the season against an undefeated Tennessee. FSU (#5) vs. Oklahoma (#1) is undoubtedly the marquee game of the weekend, and the "Ineligibowl" between Miami and Ohio State certainly has its drama and history.

Yet, we're in the strange times that a match up between the FIU Golden Panthers and the UCF Golden Knights is not only a tempting proposition, but it actually matters. 
Both teams are coming off some of the best seasons in their respective history. UCF snagged the C-USA title for the second time ever and then went on to defeat the SEC's Georgia in the Liberty Bowl. That secured not only the team's first-ever bowl victory, but their first season with a spot in the final national rankings at 21.

The story of FIU last season is strikingly similar. The team became Sun Belt Conference co-champs, and also secured their first bowl victory ever against Toledo.

Neither teams have shown signs of slowing down this season either. Both scored big upset wins against automatic qualifying conference opponents last weekend. UCF embarrassed the ACC's Boston College Eagles with a 30-3 flattening. FIU rolled over the Big East's Louisville Cardinals 24-17. Sure, clipping the wings of two of the weakest AQ conference's low flying birds isn't necessarily a recipe for national prominence, but it's promising.

What's more is that Saturdays game at FIU is the first in a four-year series that could kick off a new rivalry between two Florida schools.

The matchup also features two players who make a good case as some of the best in the state: UCF QB Jeffrey Godfrey and FIU WR T.Y. Hilton. (They attended Miami Central and Miami Springs respectively.)

So, yeah, despite the a jam-packed weekend of big Florida games, you might want to take to time to check in on UCF vs. FIU. It's on ESPN3, and kick-off is at 6. The game actually has significance in state recruiting circles, and not to mention which school joins USF as the next Florida school to join a better conference. (Or, you know, have their coach picked off.)

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12 comments
Aarmk20
Aarmk20

hands down ucf is going to win. our athletics are growing into a force to be reckoned with. for years people have called ucf fans entitled for no reason. well beeyotches we got one!

Eduardo Merille
Eduardo Merille

Why does the herald insist on using and old FIU logo?  Come people.  This was years ago.  Notice the helmets, the graphics on ESPN.  Are you guys serious?  Why are you so out of touch?

Matt49usa
Matt49usa

If a writer uses the name "Golden" Knights it immediatlely tells me they haven't done their research properly. Thus their articles, to me are nothing but a good laugh. How do you write about a team and not know their name?

Mherzberger
Mherzberger

FIU also dropped "golden" they are just Panthers. Also the logo used for this article was their logo from years ago

Johnny America
Johnny America

At least fiu has enough balls to play UCF unilke some huge tampon community college

allinstu
allinstu

UCF dropped the "Golden" after the 2006 season.  Just the UCF Knights these days.  Go Knights!

JeffZelaya
JeffZelaya

Here's why: When you Google "FIU Logo" it's the first logo that comes up. Time to do some SEO on the new logos. Make it easy for the press and bloggers to find the right one. 

Jeffhttp://jeffzelaya.com 

Solid
Solid

We beat you guys every yearWe decided to go beat other teams like U.Miami and Notre Dame. Thats right were the tampon and we clean you (the crap) up.

Selena Ramos
Selena Ramos

THANK YOU! How many years is it going to take before people (especially sportscasters and sports writers) finally get the fact that UCF completely rebranded themselves in 2007 and dropped the "Golden".   Get it right guys!

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